Asked on Mar 29, 2016

What to do with the top of this piece of furniture?

I am planning on using the bottom as a credenza in my dining room any suggestions what I can do with the top?
  19 answers
  • William William on Mar 29, 2016
    I would mount it on a bedroom wall. You can also lightly sand it - to remove the gloss, prime and paint it. Would look great painted in a girl's room.
    • Cindy Mathis Cindy Mathis on Feb 07, 2024

      How would you hang a piece like this? I have the same one but don't know how to hang it?

  • Kelley MacKay Kelley MacKay on Mar 29, 2016
    you could decorate with it...see pic (not mine)...could even paint mirror with chalkboard paint!
  • I can picture it painted with light color (perhaps off white) and distressed but just a little bit to highlight its nice lines, then strip lights added inside the upper front molding, the mirror replaced with a sheet metal painted with chalkboard paint (so you can use it as a chalkboard or as a memo board with magnets) and hung on a wall in a mud room/laundry room or even in the main entry. I can also picture it exactly the same but without the chalkboard this time (keep the mirror I mean) hanging above the sink in a bathroom. It is a beautiful piece and I am sure you'll have fun working on it. Good luck! -Handan
    • Jan50677045 Jan50677045 on Mar 11, 2023

      I like all your ideas. I would add a table underneath in the entryway. Also add shelves and hang in the kitchen either blank wall or above a counter

  • MN Mom MN Mom on Mar 29, 2016
    I think this would look pretty painted a light color and used as a headboard for a twin bed. You could replace the mirror with a fabric padded insert that could be used as a memo board. The little shelves would be great spots for trinkets if you chose to use it in a child's room!
  • NancyMaria NancyMaria on Mar 29, 2016
    It would make a great small bathroom mirror, love the other ideas too.
    • SANDY SANDY on Mar 29, 2016
      @NancyMaria - it is a little large for my bathroom because it is 48" wide and 42" high. thanks for your input
  • Heather McKinney Heather McKinney on Mar 29, 2016
    Remove the mirror. Take the small shelves off and replace them with two (or three) long shelves that go across it. (I'm trying to find a pic of one...I saw it just the other day and was wanting to try it.)
  • Carole Carole on Mar 29, 2016
    Remove the mirror and add chicken wire or something you can hang things from. Paint it and use it in the kitchen (on the wall?) Could use it as a notice board or to hang mugs from or kitchen utensils and the little shelves along the edges to put things like pretty, colourful pickles in jars or preserved lemons. Definitely feel a kitchen vibe from this piece!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 29, 2016
    Before any ideas are suggested the question is are you going to keep the mirror?Many make decisions based on what they think without knowing the whole idea of what you have in mind.
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 29, 2016
      @SANDY I totally understand what you are saying ,so here is a thought I research pinterest for inspirations . That is my go to and it truly gives ideas that inspire.
  • Tracy Stokes-Wilson Tracy Stokes-Wilson on Mar 29, 2016
    Years ago a neighbors friend took one of these home from a yard sale. . She sanded then painted it and put it in her back garden. I don't recall if she left the mirror on it, but garden mirrors seem to be popular these days.
  • on Mar 29, 2016
    my father in law has an awesome shed full of improptu sorts of things...{this} turned to {that} and it all has tons of character...he has an almost identical mirror hanging out there and has small bottles of screws and such on the shelves...don't know why I love it so much it's an odd place for a mirror...but it's great just being exactly what it is!
  • SANDY SANDY on Mar 30, 2016
    Thank you all for your ideas and suggestions. I have decided to go with either of these options. I am moving soon and once settled I will see where it works best.
  • Linda Y Linda Y on Mar 30, 2016
    Turn the top into a hall stand coat rack. You could remove the shelves and add coat hooks and put a bench with a shoe rack underneath.
  • Sca24273443 Sca24273443 on Nov 04, 2019

    I used one under a flat screen tv. Gonna put a fireplace insert in it and will still be able to see the pretty mirror with its etched roses.

  • Robyn Robyn on Dec 14, 2020

    I have that exact piece and the top has been sitting in the basement for years. I need to do something with it or get rid of it. If anyone has pictures, please send them.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 05, 2021


    Yes Sandy, I would use it in my hall fitted on the wall or on top of a slim table.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 11, 2023

    Take the top of shelving part off it really dates the piece and either put a free standing mirror over the dresser or some art. This would do a lot of updating the bedroom. I had one very similar and removed the mirror above and am now going to repaint the hardware to help freshen the look but removing the mirror alone was a huge improvement.

  • Hol42461131 Hol42461131 on Nov 07, 2023

    I made a foe fireplace my mom loves it

  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 11, 2023

    Hi Sandy, I would use it as a mirror on a dresser or even as a headboard on a twin or double bed.

  • William William on Feb 07, 2024

    Cindy Mathis, use a French cleat to hang it.